Dental Health and Oral Hygiene
More and more we hear in the news as well as through our scientific journals the benefits of maintaining a healthy oral environment through routine care and guidance from dental professionals. Taking care of your mouth can pay a lifetime of dividends. Links between a person’s oral health and heart health, increased life expectancy, and autoimmune diseases like Lupus have been found through research. Taking daily care of your teeth and gums allows you to live a healthier life.
Almost all humans are at some time affected by oral health issues that range from tooth aches, bad breath, bleeding gums, and decay or cavities. It is our job to educate the patients and provide direction for avoiding the consequences of poor oral hygiene.
The two most recognized diseases treated by dental professionals are decay and periodontal or gum disease. These diseases are bacterial in their nature. The plaque that resides on tooth surfaces is many colonies of bacteria which, can cause the enamel of the teeth to begin to break down and also cause gingivitis and gum disease to begin. With a stress on maintaining a daily removal of the plaque by brushing and flossing patients are able to control the effects of having the bacteria present in their mouths. The plaque is a clear film which continually develops on the teeth and should be removed daily for a healthy oral environment.
What are the benefits of practicing routine dental care? ⇓
Routine care involves a partnership between the patient and the professional dental care providers. Both parties have responsibilities to achieve the desired results. The patient must commit to daily care of brushing and flossing to remove the accessible soft plaque from the teeth and gums. Maintaining a healthy diet is also beneficial. The professional care provider is responsible to educate the patient as to how they can be more effective in their home care, as well as to clean the difficult to access areas in the mouth and examine these areas for signs of dental disease.
- Tooth decay is controlled
- Periodontal or gum disease is controlled so we do not lose the foundation for the teeth.
- Professional visits for cleaning treatments are shortened making the visit easier and less expensive for the patient.
- Money is saved by not having to invest in costly restorations or replacement of the teeth.
- Bad breath is controlled by lowering the bacterial load in the mouth.
- Overall health and well being are improved by decreasing the effects of chronic inflammation.
- Allows the patient the opportunity to maintain their teeth for a lifetime.